No guy or gal can make you feel as special as your horse does!

Valentine’s Day is here! Every year on February 14th, people celebrate their love for one another. Couples exchange gifts, little ones trade cards, and parents surprise their children with stuffed animals. Unfortunately, some may feel left out on this holiday. You don’t have to feel alone though, especially if you own a horse.

I’m here to tell you that your horse is the best Valentine you could ever wish for! So riders, make this Valentine’s Day count by showing your horse some extra love. Don’t believe me? Check out all these reasons why your horse deserves that role this year.

He’s easy to please.

Your horse doesn’t need an expensive watch or leather wallet. They‘d be perfectly content with an apple or a few carrots. Talk about a cheap date! Give them a good grooming, some extra time in the field, and their favorite treat. You’ll have one happy horse on your hands.

Tall, dark, and handsome!

I don’t know about you, but nothing catches my eye faster than a good looking horse. We all have our preferences. Some like bays or blacks, while others enjoy the spots on an Appaloosa. The nice thing about horses is they come in a variety of sizes and colors!

They’re good listeners.

Do you need a shoulder to cry on? Bring a peppermint as payment and let out your worries. Your horse will quietly nimble on hay as you talk about your day both the highlights and setbacks. You likely won’t find a person as patient as your horse!

Don’t worry about them cheating.

There’s nothing worse than finding out your boyfriend or girlfriend cheated on you, especially right before Valentine’s Day. The good news is your horse won’t do that! Your gelding may look at another mare in the field, but his eyes will always come back to you. Bring him out his grain and he’ll be hollering your way! Whoever feeds and cares for him holds his heart forever.

Unconditional love!

The time you spend with your horse is a judgement-free zone. They don’t care what color your shirt is, how tall you are, or if you’re rich. Your horse loves you just the way you are. You could make mistakes or have a bad day and they’ll always forgive you. It’s a no strings attached kind of love!

 

It’s easy to love them.

Your horse is very straightforward. There’s no mystery there! Once you take the time to get to know him of her, you’ll have them completely figure out. Some are silly and goofy, while others are slow and steady. It doesn’t take long to fall head of heels for them.

They inspire and motivate us.

Riding and training with a horse can offer a huge sense of accomplishment. It’s an amazing partnership where both parties give it their all. If you’re patient and kind to your horse, they’ll work their heart out for you. Together, you push through obstacles and achieve your biggest dreams.

You’ll always have a good time at the barn.

You couldn’t get me to leave the barn when I was a kid. It was and still is my favorite place. A good Valentine’s Day to me would consist of taking a long trail ride followed up with a good grooming session. There’s something special about that quiet one-on-one time. Nothing can compare!

They keep you healthy.

Barn life is physical! Your Valentine will keep you fit and healthy with the amount of work they require. From cleaning stalls and moving hay bales to barrel racing and jumping, you’ll find yourself using muscles you never knew you had. One day you’ll thank them for those tight glutes and abs of steel.

You get to join the inner circle.

Your horse is a ticket to an amazing social life of folks who love riding as much as you do. There’s clubs that get together to ride, show, and promote their breed and discipline. You’ll even find special events on Valentine’s Day, so stay alert!

If you have a horse to love, then you have more than most people! Cherish your time together and make this Valentine’s Day special.    

 

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Emily Fought discovered her passion for horses early on in life. When she isn’t writing about them, you can find her in the barn riding. Although Emily’s background is in dressage, she enjoys cross-training and is an avid trail rider. She resides in Northwestern Pennsylvania with her husband and small dog. Together, they own and operate Humblewood Farm.

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